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Fall is my absolute favourite season. With cozy knits, rich flavours, crisp corn mazes, cool breezes, pumpkin-spiced everything, and warm bonfires, there’s nothing about this time of year that I don’t love. But, my favourite thing of all has to be the magnificent show put on by Mother Nature. The brilliant oranges, deep reds, and golden yellows that cover trees and decorate forest floors bring to life a feeling of change.

Witnessing the artful display of beauty and rich colours, it’s hard not to get inspired this time of year –inspired to create, inspired to change, and inspired to grow. As Mother Nature shows off her creative side, there are a number of others who will be showing theirs as well, with studio tours taking place across Ontario’s Highlands. Check out one of the tours below for the chance to get to know a new community, uncover hidden treasures, cruise winding roads surrounded by rich autumn beauty, and discover the passion and skill behind each local creation.

1. DysART 150

Taking place until October 10, 2017

Celebrate the natural wonders and history of Dysart et al at your own pace. Download the PocketSights app to lead you through this trail and discover both the artists behind these works, as well as their creative process.

2. The Tweed & Area Studio Tour

September 23-24, 2017
10 a.m. -5 p.m.

Marvel at how the gently rolling countryside is transformed by autumn’s glory outside, before stepping inside artist and artisan studios to discover the warmth and incredible talent that lives in Tweed and the surrounding area. Print a map to guide you.

3. Madawaska Valley Studio Tour

September 30 & October 1, 2017
10 a. m. – 5 p.m.

Travel around sparkling lakes and through surrounding forests showcasing the autumn splendor, to view demonstrations or purchase original creations inspired by the rugged and picturesque landscape of the Madawaska Valley and Highlands. Follow the map and watch for Maple Leaf Signs marking each studio along the way.

4. Haliburton County Studio Tour

September 30-October 1 & October 7-8, 2017
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Embrace the peaceful beauty of the Haliburton Highlands as you discover where and how over 30 artists and artisans live and work. Explore the region and watch for the Haliburton Studio Tour logo to uncover unique treasures and handmade works of art.

5. Crown & Pumpkin Studio Tour

October 7-9, 2017
10 a.m. -5 p.m.

Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you travel the winding roads of the Almonte and Clayton areas and marvel at the artistic diversity that abounds. Wander the region to discover the craftsmanship and skill of local artists, set against a backdrop of vibrant fall colours and flavours. What sets this tour apart from others is its warm invitation to “wander, savour and collect”, which you can do through a variety of themed experiences that engage your senses and fully allow you to experience the unique artistic character of each community that you visit. You can meet a glass artist who makes creations out of beer bottles at a local brewery; get up close and personal with the fibre work of a mindfulness teacher and artist in the Serenity Cabin studio; or taste locally-produced maple syrup as you explore quirky and unique animal paintings by Laurel Cook (not to mention miniature quilts and children’s books from other artists) in the appropriately-named Fun and Youthful studio. No matter where you wander, this tour is a great opportunity to interact with Lanark County and experience fall in a whole new way.

6. Perth Autumn Studio Tour

October 7-9, 2017
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Discover the heart that goes into each piece of artwork as you explore the curving roads and rich colours that surround Perth. Travel the route and stop in at any or all of the six locations to meet a variety of artists at each stop.
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Storyteller Jennifer GilmerStoryteller: Jennifer Gilmer. Hometown: Port Hope, ON

Jennifer is a lover of cats, small towns, and everything chocolate. When she isn’t looking for opportunities to try out new recipes or dishes, or reading countless books, she’s busy planning her next road trip and encouraging others to search out hidden gems. Some of her happiest moments include basking in the sun at the end of a dock, laughing the day away at a backyard barbecue, or letting her creativity flow during an evening of sketching with a glass of wine at her side.

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